Sunday’s game at St. Marys sees Manchester United travel to Southampton in a match that has provided a number of classic Premier League moments over the years, not least in 1996, where both games played at the Saints then home the Dell were full of drama.
You may remember the clash at the end of the 1995/96 season, where Sir Alex Fergusons men changed out of their perceived unlucky grey away strip at half time, before going on to lose 3-1.
Six months later, during the 1996/97 campaign, United returned to the Dell and were on the back of a shock 6-3 result. Incidentally, Southampton stayed in the league only on goal difference; whilst Manchester United, as they had done the previous year, went on to secure the league title.
Fifteen years on, a lot has changed. In that time, Manchester United have gone on to win more league championships than any other club in the history of English football, whereas Southampton have spent almost half of that time outside of England’s top division.
It is perhaps no surprise then that the visitors go into the game as odds of favourites, with William Hill offering the best price of 1.60 (6/10). The hosts are as high as 6/5 (11/2) for the win, with the draw at around 4.0 (3/1) across the board.
Southampton are one of just two clubs to have not picked up any points so far this campaign; losing at home to Wigan last weekend, after being denied anything from their opening day five-goal thriller with champions Manchester City.
Nigel Adkin’s men will need to start sharply if they are to avoid losing a third league game on the spin, and Ladbrokes offer a very generous price of 11.0 (10/1) for striker Rickie Lambert to open the scoring.
The visitors, who bounced back from their opening weekend defeat to Everton by beating Fulham last time out, are without Wayne Rooney who is set to be side-lined for about a month with a leg injury, so the onus will be on £24 million man Robin Van Persie to get the goals, and you can back the Dutchman to score first at odds of 5.25 (17/4) with Bet Victor.